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What does it mean when you dream about a shepherd?

Shepherds may represent the nurturing part of the dreamer’s psyche, taking care of the dreamer and guiding him or her in a safe direction. Shepherds also represent spiritual nurturance and direction, as with a pastor guiding his or her flock.

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the faithful shepherdess; called “the Virgin of the Grove.” [Br. Lit.: “The Faithful Shepherdess” in Brewer Handbook, 234]
guards sheep; creator of bucolic poetry. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 75]
father of herdsmen. [O.T.: Genesis 4:20]
Jesus Christ
the Good Shepherd. [NJ.: John 10:11 –14]
Little Bo-peep
young shepherdess; searches everywhere for lost flock. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 93]
Little Boy Blue
asleep while his sheep are in the field. [Nurs. Rhyme: Baring-Gould, 46]
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